One person and government that anti-tankies really don’t like is Kim Jong Un (김정은) and his Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea (DPRK). Despite the fact that the DPRK is the result of a socialist revolution, many on the left treat it as if it were straight fascism. It is a very regimented regime and lacks any real freedom or democracy.
The present ruler Kim Jong Un (김정은) uses the ideology of his father and grandfather as a guide for the country—Kim Jong Ilism((김정일) and Kim Il Sungism (김일성). The country is a throwback to the cold war, a country that never fell, as with Cuba. Unlike Cuba Kong Jong Il declared Marxist-Leninism obsolete and replaced it by the ideology of the Juche as interpreted by the elder Kims.
I don’t believe Kim Jong Il is a bad writer, even though it is limited in its appeal to those outside of Korea. DPRK is not really a one party state, but a coalition of parties. The Workers' Party of Korea is the main party, but Korean Social Democratic Party, Cheondoist Chongu Party and General Association of Korean Residents in Japan are all legal.
As with the last article:
Kaitlin Ulyanov “We should support the working class struggles within countries which are targets of imperialism. The best way, ultimately the only way to fight imperialism is though class struggle. In countries where there isn't a coherent or effective left advocate independent working class politics and demands, such as Ukraine (the Ukrainian CP are pro-Russian, voted against allowing protests, I don't know much about Borotba, what I hear they don't sound much better) we can raise the slogan of independent working class politics as a nucleus to build a movement.”
Again; how do we determine what the people of this government really want? There is no organized opposition. Since this country went through a socialist revolution shortly after World War II, will the people be willing to support another worker’s state or will the majority want to imitate their neighbor to the south.
If this government is as repressive as its critics claim, a simple revolution might send it right into the US imperialist camp. That is a real possibility. There is a logic to a complete rejection of a political system if it is repressive, but examples in East Europe—Germany, show us what kind of negative things can happen when such a government implodes. If we want to see what would happen if DPRK collapsed, East Germany is a good place to look. And it is likely that events similar to that would happen if the tankies get their way and help bring down DPRK.